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Burns: Three things we learned from a shootout loss to Vegas

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Tampa Bay scored twice in the third, Corey Perry score an extra striker goal with 2:48 remaining in regulation to force extra time. The Lightning dominated overtime but couldn’t find a way past Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner.

In the shootout, Brayden Point scored in the third round to keep the Bolts’ chances alive after Vegas made its first two attempts. But Mark Stone managed to convert in the seventh round after brown paw missed his opportunity and the Golden Knights left Tampa with a 3-2 shootout win.

The Lightning saw their two-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in their last eight games. But they extended their home point streak to four games (3-0-1).

“Good teams find a way to fight back, and we did a good job tonight,” Maroon said after the shootout loss.

Tampa Bay ends the regular season series with Vegas 1-0-1 after grabbing three of four possible runs.

The Lightning wrap up their three home games and play their last game before All-Star Break on Tuesday when they host the San Jose Sharks at AMALIE Arena.

But before we get to that game, let’s take a look at what we learned about the Bolts after the shootout loss to the Golden Knights.


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1. A COMPLETE 180
In 40 minutes of play, Vegas had a 23-9 shooting advantage over the Lightning.

The Golden Knights also held a 2-0 lead after coming on the board just over five minutes into the competition when former Lightning prospect and 2016 first-round pick Brett Howden scored on a rebound from slot. Vegas doubled their advantage with five minutes left in the second on William Carrier’s cross pass behind the net that beat the Bolts defender Frederic Claesson in the net.

The Lightning came out a very different team in the third, though.

Tampa Bay came into their scramble game with two goals and 20 minutes to play. While getting pucks to the net was a challenge in the first two periods, the Lightning managed to find those shooting lanes in the third.

At the end of the period, they put 17 pucks on the frame. And they limited Vegas to one hit, the fewest the Bolts have allowed in one stretch this season.

“I think we missed a lot of shots throughout the first two periods,” Ross Colton noted. “We had a few chances in the slot where we were trying to do the cute pass or do one thing too many. In the third period, I thought we had a shoot-first mentality. We were spicing them up… We can’t wait until the third period where we lost two goals to start doing it. We have to do it from the start.

Colton got the Lightning on the board seconds after a power play expired to cut the deficit to one. Corey Perry slotted a pass through the slot for him in the bottom right circle, and Colton dropped to his knees to dig in a one-timer and send a shot past Lehner from a sharp angle to make it 2-1 with 6:48 remaining in regulation.

With a face-off in the offensive zone and 2:58 remaining, the Lightning elected to shoot Andrei Vasilevsky in favor of the extra striker, and the move paid off 10 seconds later when Brayden Point was able to create a scrambling play in front which resulted in a shot for Corey Perry which Mattias Janmark pushed past his own goalkeeper to tie the match 2-2 with 2:48 to go.

“We played much better (in the third period) than in the first and second,” Maroon said. “The second was a bit better I thought. Just our 5v5 game (was better in the third). We were going into it, we were creating second and third chances and I thought we forced them to take penalties and got rewarded at the end there. Our 6v5 was successful again. That’s the way to fight back.


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2. CROSSING ITS PATH TO ANOTHER BINDING GOAL
Corey Perry made a huge impact in his first season with the Lightning since facing the Bolts in each of the last two Stanley Cup Finals as a member of the Dallas Stars in 2020 and the Montreal Canadiens in 2021.

But perhaps his biggest impact has been in late game situations when the Lightning are trailing and need a tying goal.

Perry returned once again for the Lightning with his empty net and an extra forward on the ice with less than three minutes remaining.

After Steven Stamkos won a head-to-head against Victor Hedman, the puck swung to Brayden Point in the left circle. Point delivered a hard shot to the net that created a furious run to the edge of the blue paint. Perry cut to the rebound on the side of the net, sent the puck back through the blue paint where it hopped on Janmark’s stick and beat Lehner with 2:48 left.

“Pointer wasn’t shooting to score there,” Cooper said. “He was shooting to get him to the net and hit him home.”

Shooting Vasilevskiy for the extra forward was a bit risky for the Lightning. They pushed hard in the third period at 5 on 5 and controlled the game during the period. It was not necessarily necessary, at least not with three minutes remaining, to call on the extra striker.

But Tampa Bay has a quiet confidence in those situations, mostly because of what Perry was able to bring to them.

Perry’s nickname is The Worm due to the way he slips through opposition to get into good scoring areas.

On Saturday, he fought his way to another game-tying goal, one of many he’s scored late in the game for the Lightning this season.

“We have pretty confident players and we have good players,” Cooper said. “And the guy who’s scored a lot lately knows what he’s doing there.”


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3. A FRUSTRATING FIRST 40
On Saturday, the Lightning wore their third black “disrupt the night” jersey, but it was Vegas that disrupted everything the Bolts wanted to do offensively, at least for the first two periods.

Tampa Bay couldn’t find a way to get the pucks through and over the net to test Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner. Whenever the Lightning looked like they had a decent scoring chance, the Golden Knights scrambled to block a puck or break up the shot or force an attempt away from the target. Vegas played with active sticks in the first two periods and recovered well when it looked like he might be in trouble, and the combination frustrated the Lightning for much of the contest.

“I thought we were slow, but they had good sticks,” Cooper said. “If you’re going to miss the net that many times and you’re going to have shots blocked, that’s a big number. So you have to like what we’re doing, but you also have to give them credit where it’s due. because we had our opportunities and a few open shots that we blatantly missed, yes, but they were also in good areas to put us in bad positions.”

The Lightning recorded just nine shots in two periods, their lowest total in two periods since shooting nine in the first 40 minutes in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on 28 February 2019.

“They played a simple game right away. We were just playing slow,” Maroon said. “The forwards wouldn’t come back and support the D in the neutral zone, and when we do that and start holding the puck in the neutral zone, guys stretch, guys don’t come back and support and don’t don’t play fast and I thought we shot ourselves in the foot doing that When you play slow hockey their 1-3-1 is just going to eat us alive and it did and created turnovers for them and created a lot of offense. They threw a lot of pucks at the net and got a lot of shots and we kind of played a lot of slow hockey in the first and picked it up in the second and third. »

The Lightning were so aware of what Vegas was doing to take away his chances in the offensive zone that when he landed a shot, he ended up missing the target because he felt he had to be so precise in his execution. .

That changed in the third period when the Lightning played at a faster pace to get Vegas out of their structure a bit.

But the first 40 minutes were filled with frustration for the Lightning because they just couldn’t get the puck past Lehner.

“We have to hit the net,” Maroon said. “We had a lot of attempts, a lot of blocks. We have to pass the pucks. We have to hit the net. We also had a lot of second shot attempts, a few Grade-As but we just have to find a way to get the pucks through as forwards and D’s and find a way to hit the net as well. »